The Indian women cricket team demolished New Zealand and booked its seat in the semi-final of the ICC women world cup 2017. This was a do or die match for both the nations and the last chance to secure a berth in the top four. The first three qualifiers were defending champions Australia, South Africa and host nation England. India’s loss to Australia by 8 wickets weakened the hopes of getting through to the semi-finals but the Indian ladies handled the pressure very well in the must win the game and came out as winners.
The match like most of the matches in the women’s world cup was rain affected but the umpires thought that there was no need to lessen the number of overs to be bowled. New Zealand straight off got an edge in the game by winning the toss and electing to field thus trying to exploit the conditions in their favor. It took two overs and three balls for the Indian Batting Scoreboard to start moving. Indian batting moved steadily not giving the opponents chances to snap many wickets. Mithali Raj, the leading run scorer once again made the bowlers bow down to her tactic and composure and gave another chance to the world to cherish her century and set the stage for a competitive score of 265. Veda Krishnamuthy also scored a vital knock of 70 in just 45 balls. Harmanpreet Kaur also scored a half century.
The New Zealand stumbled from the start of their innings and lost wickets at regular intervals, diminishing the possibility of a vital partnership. Rajeshwari Gayakwad took five wickets for just fifteen runs, turning the defeat of New Zealand inevitable. It took only twenty-five overs and three balls to wrap up the match, winning it by 186 runs with New Zealand halting at a mere 79.
Indian Women have only lost two matches so far and after losing to Australia, this match will definitely help their confidence to go to higher levels. Moreover, it is also equally important to get away with their mistakes committed in the previous matches. With strong teams alongside India in the last four, it will be very interesting to see who makes its way to final.